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High frequency words (sight words) are so important to young readers. This idea is a way to make sure your struggling readers have a way to practice and truly learn those words that are often hard to sound out.
This is an easy idea to
use with any high frequency word list.
First, assess your students on your word list. I like to highlight the words they can't read in 3 seconds or less.
Then, I create word rings. I select 3-5 words to put on the first ring with the label "Words I'm Learning to Read."
(see sample labels below)
The other rings will have the other two labels and I will tell about them below.
I write the words on index cards and attach to the ring. Having a small amount of words on the ring makes the activity quick (3-5 words). Either a parent helper or I will pull the kids to read the words. If the child can read the word in 3 seconds or less, a colored dot is put directly on the card. When the card has three dots, that card is moved to the next ring.
Now ask the child to spell the same word orally. If the child is successful, put a new dot in a new color. Once the child can spell that word orally three times, the word is moved to the last ring.
The last step is to have the child write the word on paper or a dry erase board. Put three more dots in a new color to keep track of mastery. When the card has 9 dots, it can be placed loosely in the bag to revisit every once in a while. All the rings can be put in the same ziploc bag for each child.
Why all the rings?
This gives the child 9 opportunities to master each word in a variety of ways: sight (reading), orally (spelling out loud), and kinesthetic (writing).
I hope this was helpful to you! I'd love to hear how you tackle the tough high frequency words!
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